John Powell said…

Effective love is not like the retractable point of a ballpoint pen.

Ps 1: 1 Blessed is the man (whose) … 2 delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.

John 15: 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

We said yesterday that the Word of the Lord is the source of our existence.  When this is the source of our life, fruit comes naturally.  Jesus says that we are planted in him.  Therefore, we will bear much fruit (John 15:5).  It is inevitable.  Therefore bearing fruit is not an option for a Christian.  It is not something we choose or do not choose.  It is there, because we are planted in Christ.

What is this fruit?  The following story from the Talmud might illustrate it.  A man wanted to adopt the Jewish faith.  He went to Rabbi Shammai and said that he would like to become a Jew, but only on one condition.  “I want you to teach me the whole Torah (the Law) while standing on my one leg.”  He chased him away.  Then he went to Rabbi Hillel.  Rabbi Hillel then said, “Well, stand on your one leg.”  He then began to teach him the Torah, but in one sentence:  “Do unto others as you would like them to do to you.  This is the whole Torah.  All else is commentary.” 

Love is the fruit that people bear who are rooted in the Word of God, in Christ.  There is no other fruit that is so important.  All the other fruit is just commentary on this one fruit that the Spirit of God works in our life through his spirit (Gal 5:22).

Lord, make me a person rooted in your Word, a person of love, by the power of your Spirit.  Amen.